100 Years Ago: 1923

All records for the second day of the Maine State Fair at Lewiston, were shattered beyond all recognition. With the biggest attendance in history for the opening day Monday, shouting the praises of the fair, all day Tuesday, those in Lewiston and Auburn who could get away to go, went early and from afar, came a swift moving line of automobiles, that at times, reached nearly intact from Union Square to the parking places about the Fair grounds. The receipts Monday – a record – were $13,484.46.

50 Years Ago: 1973

An agreement has been made between the University of Maine at Orono and Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland to expand the graduate in electrical program engineering off the campus and into the industrial plant. Engineers at Fairchild who now hold a bachelor’s degree are no longer stifled by the many miles between their work in South Portland and the graduate program in engineering at Orono, officials said. James Lynch, plant manager for Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland plant, and Dr. James M. Clark, vice president for Academic Affairs at Orono. announced that as a result of several meetings between staff members of UMO and Farichild an agreement was made to allow Fairchild employees to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering while doing most of their course work at Fairchild. This will be accomplished by having classes held in-plant with visiting professors and also with closed circuit television hook- ups between the Orono and the Fairchild classrooms.

25 Years Ago: 1998

The YWCA of Lewiston-Auburn needs volunteers and sponsors to help organize a violent toy trade-in. The event is scheduled to take place during the fourth annual YWCA Week Without Violence campaign Oct. 18 to 24.


The toy exchange is a YWCA national grassroots initiative which helps families find alternatives to violent toys, videos, games and entertainment.

“As a result of the horrendous school shootings that took place over the past year, many citizens want to do something to help make our world a safer place for our children and families,” states Carol Troy, executive director of the local YWCA “Volunteers and sponsors can help parents take a step by partnering with the YWCA in organizing an event that transforms children’s war chests back into toy chests.”

Interested volunteers and individuals wanting more information on the YWCA Week Without Violence should contact Rita Dube at 795-4050. Also, anyone wishing to donate nonviolent toys for the trade-in are invited to drop them off at 130 East Ave.

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